In trying to figure out why Trump is running for president, I'm reminded of this Seinfeld quote:
"Why couldn't you make me an architect? You know I always wanted to pretend that I was an architect."
- George, in "The Marine Biologist"
Thankfully, there have been very few massive loudspeaker events in the park across the street from where I live. A city park should be for people to enjoy nature while still respecting the rights of nearby residents.
We should make sure we get the most bang for the buck from this space. A park requires tree-trimming and grass-cutting and it ain't free. Something needs to be built on this space that will provide tax revenue for the city. Whoever builds here should allocate enough green space so at least some of their workers have a nice place to enjoy their lunches outside.
In the end, it's all about consideration; for the employees, the taxpayers, and especially for the downtown residents who didn't move there to be able to lift up the window for a free concert.
Frequent air travel was a requirement for a previous job of mine. I can assure you that it all gets old fast. The restaurant and fast food, the motels, the rental cars, the airports, and the airplanes all start to look the same after a while.
Oftentimes, I had to walk very fast or even run to make a connecting flight. At other times, I would have to wait for hours. I've never been to Detroit other than the several hours I spent waiting for a connecting flight. I cannot remember anything that was on display there. I did get a flavor for the city by looking out the window and listening in on conversations, but nothing in particular stands out.
If there's art, there's this perception of wealth. Observing people and the sights makes for a more authentic taste sample of a city.
This project would have been a total fiasco on so many different levels. We never should have let this slickster into town in the first place. It boggles the mind how our imaginations must have been stretched to think that turning part of a public beach park into a playground for the rich would have been any benefit whatsoever to the public good as to deserve tax-exempt status. It churns my stomach.
College debt is 1.4 trillion dollars and rising rapidly according to the U.S. college debt clock. 1.4 trillion is ALOT of money. It's a problem. So, no, I'm not buying that the system of grants, scholarships, and declining rates of tuition increases is working. I would talk to the debt-burdened students and former students to find out what they think.
Whole Foods is expensive. Starbucks is expensive. The retail stores located in this plaza will be similarly expensive.
Most of the potential customers, those with high-incomes, are already now driving right by this location. Let's say the traffic is backed up and hardly moving. If somebody turns into the parking lot, well, that's one less car on Monroe Avenue. If someone goes from the lot to the street, then that's one more car on the street. There's no net change. Some people will shop there until Monroe Avenue becomes less clogged. They'll be doing some good. There just needs to be enough parking. The good news is that you can always dig down and build up for more parking.
The project should be allowed to move forward. This development won't be drawing tons of people from all over the region. Let's not get carried away. The vast majority of customers live nearby and are already using Monroe Avenue. Otherwise, Whole Foods wouldn't want to locate there.
Guns that are for military special forces shouldn't be available to the general public. You know what special forces use all the time that hardly anyone can get? Plastic explosives. Guns are different though. They're special. They're protected.
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